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In this section you can  learn how to join AWS, support AWS, register to receive updates and information about AWS and participate in public consultations. These are accessible using the links on the left side of this page.

AWS Introductory Membership is now open

Multi-stakeholder participation is a core principle of water stewardship. AWS is implementing a system of multi-stakeholder governance through a membership structure based on participation from all sectors.

The first phase of AWS membership will be “Introductory Membership” up to the end of 2016. Organizations joining AWS as introductory members will participate in the design of a long-term membership package to be implemented from 2017. To see who has joined already please visit the "AWS Members" page or click here

Who can join AWS?

AWS Introductory Membership is open to legally registered organizations that are committed to the principles of water stewardship and to promoting the water stewardship system.

What are the benefits of AWS Introductory Membership?

Joining AWS as an Introductory Member AWS will provide the opportunity to

  • Promote your organization’s support for responsible use of freshwater
  • Help to shape the technical development of the AWS system, including the AWS Standard, verification system and accreditation program.
  • Participate in shaping AWS governance and organizational structures
  • Build partnerships with other leading organizations

Membership categories

AWS Introductory Members are recognised as belonging to three categories: private sector, public sector and civil society groups.   

Membership structure

AWS will be governed by its members, in accordance with an approved constitution (for a copy of the constitution please get in touch). The General Assembly of members will elect the AWS Board as well as the Technical Committee to review the AWS Standard and other technical material, and to ensure the integrity and quality control of the AWS system.

How to join AWS?

To join AWS as an Introductory Member please download the membership application form and submit it to: INFO(AT)ALLIANCEFORWATERSTEWARDSHIP(DOT)ORG

Introductory membership fees

AWS Introductory membership fees are outlined below, but we would of course welcome more substantial support to help accelerate the growth of AWS. 




The list of AWS Introductory Members is growing steadily. Our current lists of members are listed below.

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Full list of AWS members by sector


Support AWS

As we roll out the AWS system, there are numerous opportunities to support the future development of AWS and water stewardship, either through funding or in-kind contributions. Options include

  • Pilot testing the AWS Standard, for example within your business or with supply chain or investment partners.
  • Providing technical support to companies applying the AWS Standard
  • Strengthening AWS engagement in your region
  • Hosting events to promote water stewardship, for example within a specific industry sector
  • Strengthening the capacity of the AWS Secretariat through in-kind technical assistance or consulting.

If you are interested in strengthening the impact of water stewardship, please get in touch at info-at-allianceforwaterstewardship-dot-org


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Register interest

Join us as we work together to establish a water stewardship program to recognize and reward water management and usage that is socially and economically beneficial as well as environmentally sustainable.

Join our database and receive regular updates via our e-newsletter.
Learn more about supporting the Alliance. Send us your details and a member of the Alliance team will make contact to discuss how you might get involved.

For general enquiries about AWS, please contact us by email at info-at-allianceforwaterstewardship-dot-org

Individual members of the AWS secretariat can be contacted using the following links. 

Adrian Sym, Executive Director - email Adrian

Mark Dent, AWS Regional Manager Southern Africa - email Mark

Matt Howard, AWS Director, North America - email Matt

Zhenzhen Xu, AWS Asia Pacific Regional Director - email Zhenzhen

Richard Robertson, AWS Technical Manager - email Richard

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